Indica-dominant cannabis is the preferred ‘dank’ option for leagues of stoners, medical marijuana users, and bud cultivators. Compiled below are 12 of the current bestselling & highly esteemed cannabis indica strains from seed on the web.
12. Money Maker
This indica dominant hybrid isn’t called ‘Money Maker’ for nothing. These productive plants produce minty light-green nuggets that weigh out extraordinarily heavy yields, fulfilling any cash croppers dream.
Consisting of Master Kush, Hindu Kush, and Skunk genetics, the Money Maker cannabis seeds offered by Strain Hunters(RIP Franco ‘Strainhunter’ Loja) flowers compact, dank indica buds in an slightly long but rewarding 9-10 weeks. 70% indica/30% sativa.
Narcotic, resin-soaked nugs show dominant indica traits in all phenotypes. The aroma is nutty, a mix of pungent garlic & fruitcake. Dense buds hit the user with a classic heavy indica sedative effect, combined with a powerful stone from the high-THC Hindu Kush.
Small internodes and tight flower clusters, Money Maker has very low leaf-to-calyx ratio that makes trimming this plant a breeze. The only grievance growers have about this strain is the extended 10 week flowering times of some phenos. Money Maker yields top 1kg/m² indoors, 2kg+ outdoor plants when grown correctly.
Money Maker can be cultivated in nearly all grow setups. Outdoors & indoors, soil & hydro, this strain has been highly popular with cannabis growers in 2016-17. Be sure to feed your soil/plant properly in order to optimize Money Maker’s massive bud production capabilities.
11. G13 x Hash Plant
A true all-star of cannabis, the original G13 strain has quite the interesting story that started in the United States during the 1970’s. Legend has it that G13 was part of a line of Afghani indicas being tested at a government research facility in Missouri, and was deemed the most desirable expression out of the 24 tested(named G1-G24).
A mysterious assistant smuggled a clone of the favored G13 strain out of the research facility. From there, a G13 clone cutting seemingly made it’s way onto the founder of the first credited cannabis seed bank ‘The Seed Bank of Holland’ Neville Schoenmakers.
Once obtained, the G13 female was integrated into Sensi Seed’s Hash Plant breeding program, as well as other strain projects, and the G13 genetics were preserved in seed form. Sensi seeds re-released the G13 x Hash Plant genetics in 1999 under the name Mr Nice, a tribute to the famed international cannabis smuggler and author Howard Marks.
Grown, the G13 x Hash Plant seed strain forms into a medium-sized plant that produces jumbo rock-solid couchlock flowers. This pure indica strain is fast-flowering, usually being ready for harvest in 8 weeks time. G13 x Hash Plant responds best to intense lighting and heavy feeding regimes, also doing great in Sea of Green set up.
G13 x Hash Plant buds are strongly Afghani flavored, with it’s dripping resin-glands emitting scents of sweet and spicy hashish. The knockout pure indica potency of this strain is a highlight for medical marijuana patients and users seeking the classic Afghani ‘body rush’ sedative effect.
10. Sensi Star
Glow-in-the-dark crystalline and resin-coated rock-hard colas are exactly why the strain Sensi Star has given so much praise. Sensi Star’s superb quality buds have earned the highest number of awards for an indica-dominant hybrid variety currently.
A powerful smoke, Sensi Star tokers all tend to say one thing when describing the buds: strong. This heavy dominant indica strain has been tested at over 20% THC. Sensi Star’s sweet minty smoke sends users a heady high-THC ‘kick’ then comes in with a full-bodied indica ‘knockout punch’.
The silvery orange-haired nuggets have a white gold shine to them, making these buds look very fresh & vibrant, like the inside of a cabbage. Yields of 500 gram+ bud-stacked fat bushy indica plants outdoors and a nice 350 – 450 gr/m² indoors.
Grown successfully in most outdoor climates, stout bushy Sensi Star female cannabis plants finish their flowering cycle in 8 – 9 weeks time. Sensi Star’s dominant cola structure also performs well topped into a bush, being is a perfect option for Sea Of Green(SOG) and Screen Of Green (SCROG) indoor cultivation techniques, with loaded side branches packing on the harvest weight.
In the words of the famous writer and Senior Cultivation Editor of High Times Danny Danko, “Sensi Star holds a special place in my heart”.
9. Blue Cheese
A maximum stinky plant during flowering, Blue Cheese is super-pungent unreal flavored cannabis.
The velvety buds reek stronger than nearly any strain put beside it, and are a true attention hog. You’ll be wishing you grew more Blue Cheese plants at harvest every time. Blue Cheese’s dried nuggets stick out like a sore thumb, and cluster in chunky formations, making this strain’s bag appeal A+.
The ‘cheese’ heritage come from an original U.K. Cheese, a special Skunk#1 phenotype. The female U.K. Cheese was crossed with a Blueberry male, and thus made ‘Blue Cheese’. This indica dominant hybrid produces compact light-green buds on very, very stinky plants. Beware of the smell informing the wrong people about your plants.
Blueberry has some Thai genetics in it that help for an energy boost to the heavy narcotic indica effects. Blue Cheese gets some of that, bringing on a powerful dizzy indica stone that keeps the mind active. Euphoric and relaxed effects. Blue Cheese average THC level: 15%
The United State’s West Coast has shown to be a perfect place to grow big Blue Cheese bushes outdoors. The more indica dominant phenotype flowers in a quick 8 weeks, being ready to harvest outdoors in October. Indoors, Blue Cheese is a superb plant to grow for ultimate flavor operations. Medium-Heavy yield.
8. NL x Big Bud
This easy-to-grow cash crop strain pumps out huge yields of A-grade chronic. Northern Lights x Big Bud is a supreme production plant.
There’s a chance you have already tried this strain. Probably under a different name. Northern Lights x Big Bud (NLxBB) seeds are high top sellers online, for serious production farmers who need the most quality AND quantity out of their harvests.
Fragrant jasmine combines with a diesel stench that creates a strong, very ‘fresh’ aroma. Flowers are sticky and frosted with a clear resin coating. This vigorous cannabis plant needs plenty of nutrients available to feed it’s massive single cola dominant flower formation.
Northern Lights x Big Bud clones and grows extremely easy, making this a perfect variety for the beginner cash cropper. Not to mention the experienced cultivator will be able to maximize the unbelievable yield potentials. These plants grow with few side and no low branches. One gargantuan ‘bud tube’ cola.
Northern Lights x Big Bud is an ideal indoor plant, that can also be grown outdoors in a fair climate. Beware of grey mold(botrytis) during the end of flowering. Keep plants clean and provide plenty of airflow. Flowering time is 55 – 60 days.
7. Dark Star
Dark Star is a brutally high-THC indica cross between a Purple Kush and a Mazar-I-Sharrif Afghani, Dark Star testing in cases at over 20% THC.
Absurdly dense round buds with a pungent blackberry aroma. Extremely fruity strain. Dark Star easily changes to a deep purple color when the temps are dropped, and creates beautiful multicolored dried nuggets.
Dark Star works best as an indoor plant, yielding about 400 – 500 gr/m². Outdoor cultivators may grow Dark Star in a suitable dry climate. Not the fastest growing strain around, Dark Star’s classic afghani genetics finish flowering in a long 9 – 10 weeks.
The spaced-out effects of Dark Star cannabis aline with the name it was deemed, after the Grateful Dead song ‘Dark Star’. Slamming body-stone indica effects along with high-THC madness confuse the brain and body, making physical activity not so easy. Great for relaxing and medical marijuana usage.
This super dense heavy indica impresses most with it’s stone-solid compacted fruit ball dank buds. Read more about the Dark Star cannabis strain here.
6. Afghan Kush
A landrace cannabis variety originating from the Hindu-Kush mountain range, Afghan Kush is the definitive red-eyed, dry-mouth, lethargic stone munchies weed.
Grown terrifically outdoors and indoors, Afghan Kush is a stable-breeding, virtually pure indica that flowers in an amazingly short 45 – 55 days. Traditionally, Afghan Kush has been fine-tuned to produce large amounts of hashish, possesing a great amount of gooey resin.
The buds get covered with orange hairs that stick to the plant and your fingers. Deep indica hash flavors when smoked. High THC. The couchlock stone hits hard, stupefying the mind, relaxing the body and stimulating your appetite.
Great for breeding programs, Afghan Kush seeds are stable inbred landrace variety that makes vigorous hybrids when bred with. Afghan Kush can produce harvests of over 400gr/m² indoors, and pound plus plants outdoors.
Afghan Kush produces a range of different phenotypes(genetic expressions). Buying a 10+ pack of seeds is more practical than buying a single seed or two of this strain, in order to find a good plant to clone from or breed with. There are some real winner phenotypes you will want to find.
5. CBD Nordle
As medical marijuana is gaining popularity around the world, so is the demand for cannabis packed with therapeutic CBD(cannabidiol). The folk at CBD Crew offer lab tested CBD-rich(over 4%) cannabis varieties in seed form, aiming at 1:1 THC to CBD ratio plants.
CBD Nordle(the CBD-tuned Nordle strain x Cannatonic) is a 80/20 indica sativa hybrid that takes on a Christmas tree appearance. ‘Nordle’ is an Afghani and Skunk cross that is named after Howard Marks’ code word for hashish.
Red haired silver buds are soaked in grape hashy resin. CBD Nordle is great for users who want immediate relief from medical marijuana, as the soothing body effects hit hard.
A tough vigorous strain, CBD Nordle harvests 500 g/m² indoors and flowers in about 65 days. Outdoors, keep dry, aerated and clean for best results.
When trying to milk the most CBD out of a strain, it’s important to let the trichomes go amber, as CBD increases during the end of flowering. For real-deal medicinal herb cultivators, test each individual female pheno for CBD levels.
4. DJ Short Blueberry
Blueberry is a legendary top-grade indica dominant hybrid that has taken the cannabis culture by storm for decades, being renowned worldwide for it’s high-quality fruity buds.
Blueberry’s heritage starts in the 1970’s, when cannabis breeder DJ Short was experimenting breeding different landrace strains together. Common knowledge is that Afghani and Purple Thai genetics are what made the Blueberry strain. 80% indica/20% sativa.
For growers looking for the perfect blueberry flavor, crack more seeds to find that exact blueberry phenotype. Clone from there, and have some of the fruitiest pot around. Not for the novice grower, The DJ Short version of Blueberry can be finicky and at times medium-low yielding. Although, the right selected phenotypes of Blueberry can yield large amounts on potent, hardy plants.
The strong flavor and aroma of Blueberry is why this strain is so popular. It’s name doesn’t lie, the right expression of this strain will smell and taste virtually just like ripe blueberries. Fragrant deep green buds are splashed with purple and red colors, making Blueberry a site to be seen during late-flower.
A disorienting, energetic indica dominant effect. The Thai genetics help in stimulating the mind, while the Afghani slams the body. THC level of Blueberry is high. Grown indoors and outdoors.
3. Bubba Kush
A true ultimate dank indica-dom strain, Bubba Kush’s thick and stocky plant structure mass produces compact light-green ‘West Coast chronic’ buds.
A bit of a mysterious strain, a supposed Northern Lights pheno named ‘Bubba’ from New Orleans was crossed with an OG Kush to create Bubba Kush. Since then, Bubba Kush has gained massive popularity in the U.S. Before 1998, the Bubba Kush strain was clone-only, and was later re-bred for cannabis seeds. Some seed companies offer the pre-98 Bubba Kush in seed form that represents the earlier version more closely.
Bubba Kush buds gleam with resin and provide a sweet and pungent ‘kush’ aroma. A heavy white trichome coating is splattered inside & out of the flowers and leaves – the kind of ‘sugar leaf’ pot that people can leave roughly manicured. Purple colors come in at colder temps of 10ºC(50ºF) or less at night.
Classic indica effects when used: lethargy, relaxation, hunger, and happiness. Bubba Kush has an over 16% THC level in most cases. Flavors are unreal strong and sweet, not resembling burnt plant matter. Bubba Kush has been a favored A-grade strain of dank bud fanatics for decades.
Yields of 500 g/m² indoors and 600-800 g/plants outdoors. Bubba Kush is an easy-to-grow plant that performs exceptionally well indoors under all cultivation methods. Outdoors, large bushes of dense Bubba Kush buds will need to be kept dry and be provided good airflow. Flowering time is ~65 days.
2. Northern Lights
Three strains have built the largest genetic foundations of all modern cannabis strains: Skunk#1, Haze and Northern Lights. No other indica-dominant hybrid has had such an impact in the world of weed as Northern Lights has.
According to folklore, the first Northern Lights female clones came out of Seattle, Washington, and were obtained by the infamous Neville Schoenmaker. Neville then used Afghani males to breed the different Northern Lights varieties(NL#1, NL#2, NL#5). These were later released under Sensi Seeds.
Ever since the 1980’s Northern Lights has been racking up praise and awards. Northern Lights has dominated Cannabis Cups and harvest festivals so frequently that requests have been made to retire her from the competition, in order to give other strains a chance.
The buds stink of a sweet musk and honey. To the taste, Northern Lights is a mint and pine flavored cannabis that hits hard with it’s potent high-resin content. Maximum indica body effects coupled with a revved up THC content creates an strong out-of-body time-stopping high.
An extremely fast budding plant, many Northern Lights phenotypes finish flowering in under 50 days. Northern Lights grows in short, vigorous bushes suitable for indoor and outdoor warm climate cultivation with plenty of intense direct light. Northern Lights harvests 500-550gr/m² indoors and 600+ gram plants outdoors when grown accordingly.
1. Grand Daddy Purp
Grand Daddy Purp(Purple) or ‘GDP’ is a cult-classic purple bud space-age heavy indica strain. Just the name alone creates excitement when heard, as it has represented out-of-this-world dank indica buds for years.
Ken Estes, breeder from California takes credit for the original ‘Grand Daddy Purp/GDP’ strain, introducing it in 2004. Not to be confused with Grape Ape or Mendo Purps, Grand Daddy Purp is a cross of Purple Urkle and Big Bud. The latter parent pushing the normally slow, low-yield purple genetics into a new commercial-level high-yield strain.
Grand Daddy Purp flowers have a strong distinct pungent aroma sticks to the body, leaving the GDP smell and flavor with you for long. The buds are extraordinarily juicy and fresh, reeking of some magical candy dankness. Greasy sci-fi grade nuggets. Freshly cut, the aroma of these buds intensifies as the strong terpenes make this strain stand out from the crowd. Bag appeal A+
Grown pumped up with nutrients in a moderate setting, Grand Daddy Purp grows slower than other strains during vegetative cycle, but makes up for that with fully bud-stacked plants with close inter-nodes and a tight formation – buds all the way down to the soil. ~8 weeks flowering.
The purple color bleeds into Grand Daddy Purp during late flowering. Sometimes outdoor growers are not able to get the purple buds they want, due to the warm climate they are finishing GDP in. Nighttime temperatures hitting 10ºC(50ºF) will speed the purple transformation up. A surprisingly mold resistant, hardy plant.
Indoors or outdoors, Grand Daddy Purple proves to be a top-shelf quality cannabis strain from seed to bud. Beware of imitations, only get the real Ken’s Grand Daddy Purple strain.
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